Resources and organisations

Organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with stomach cancer and treatment.

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer. As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send them a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.

Oesophageal Patients Association (OPA)

The OPA is formed of people who’ve had or still have oesophageal cancer. It publishes useful information about oesophageal cancer and some is relevant to stomach cancer. It also has local support groups and meetings. It offers advice, information, and support to anyone with eating difficulties after stomach or oesophageal surgery.

50 High Street
Henley In Arden
B95 5AN

Tel: 0121 704 9860 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)


Maggie’s is a national charity with centres across the UK. They offer care and support to people affected by cancer. Each centre is beside an NHS cancer hospital and is run by specialist staff.

You can join a support group, take part in weekly sessions like relaxation and stress management, or learn about nutrition and health. You can also visit just to have a cup of tea and a friendly chat.

Phone: 0300 123 1801

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the US organisation for cancer research. It has information about all types of cancer. 

American Cancer Society (ACS)

The ACS provides information and support for people affected by cancer. As it is an American website, not all the information is relevant for a UK audience.

Books about cancer

100 Questions and Answers About Bladder Cancer (2nd edition)

P Ellsworth and B Carswell
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2010
ISBN 978-0763795870

Answers the most common questions asked by people with bladder cancer, their friends and relatives. Gives information about the treatment options, life after treatment and support. It is an American book, but still useful to UK readers.

A Bloch and others
American Cancer Society, 2010
ISBN 978-0944235782

An American book but most of the information is relevant to the UK. It covers issues such as preventing weight loss and coping with dehydration, fatigue, and infection. It also discusses eating problems and digestion issues, such as swallowing problems, feeling sick and dealing with mouth sores. Focuses on survivorship and how to eat well after treatment.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978-1847090805

Gives information about chemotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of chemotherapy on everyday life, including tiredness, sex life and fertility, social life, work, holidays, exercise and diet.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN 9780859699990

Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life, including social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.

A Ko, E Rosenbaum and M Dollinger
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009
ISBN 9780740786310

The author and contributors of this book are all American cancer specialists. The book covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Jane Freeman
Sheldon Press, 2012
ISBN 9781847091413

Written by a cancer dietitian, this is a practical handbook for people with cancer. Filled with helpful tips and recipes.

M Shah, N Pinheiro and B Shah
Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2007
ISBN: 978 0763753672

This book gives answers to the most common questions about stomach cancer. It’s American and so not all the information is relevant to UK readers.

Booklets and factsheets

  • A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery
  • Swallowing - nutrition when it's difficult
  • Dumping syndrome and digestion problems after surgery
  • Dumping syndrome and low glycemic index food
  • Food diary
  • Nutrition and digestive issues
  • Taste nutrition diet

Videos of people's stories provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real life experiences. The cancer section of the website contains video and audio clips of people with some types of cancer.

There is a section for:

  • cancer that affects adults
  • cancer in young people
  • taking part in clinical trials


For general health advice and information.

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